Russia’s war in Ukraine could last for years: NATO


Russia’s war in Ukraine could take years, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told a German weekly, adding that supplying Ukrainian troops with advanced weapons would increase the chances of liberating the region from Donbass from Russian control.

“We have to prepare for the fact that it could take years. We must not relax our support for Ukraine,” Stoltenberg told Bild am Sonntag. “Although the costs are high, not just for military support, but also because of rising energy and food prices.”

A NATO summit in Madrid later this month is expected to agree an assistance package for Ukraine that will help the country transition from old Soviet-era weaponry to standard equipment in the NATO, Stoltenberg said earlier this week.

Ukraine vowed Saturday to prevail against Moscow as it fought off Russian assaults near a key eastern city and several locations came under shell and missile attack.

Russian forces were defeated in an attempt to storm the Ukrainian capital Kyiv in March. Russia has since refocused on the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine.

(Reporting by Christoph Steitz; Editing by Paul Simao)

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